Plans for 41 new houses in Leyburn recommended for approval

The houses are planned for a field off Brentwood, Leyburn.

Planning committee members will be advised to approve plans for 41 new houses in Leyburn when they meet next week.

The application would see the homes built in land off the town’s Brentwood estate.

An earlier application for 60  houses on the site was submitted in 2015.

However, concerns were raised that this scheme would hamper the ability of Leyburn Medical Practice to expand in the future, if required.

The new application leaves a space to the east of the medical centre for the practice to expand in the future.

Included in the application is a requirement for a minimum of seven houses, and possibly up to 12, designated as affordable.

The affordable properties would be provided on a discounted sale basis at 30% below open market value in perpetuity.

Planners say this would, in practice, deliver homes that are much more affordable than those usually found in Leyburn and the surrounding area – the 2-bed house would be offered for sale at £115,000 and a 3-bed house at £130,000.

Leyburn Town Council has objected to the plans saying it believes that the road into Brentwood needs to be sorted out before houses are built as this area as it is a bottle neck for traffic coming in and out.

The authority says the parked cars on either side of the road pose a safety issue  and the exit onto the main road is also very dangerous.

Brentwood Residents Association has also raised a number of objections.

It says the site is of ecological significance and part of a swathe of parkland landscape from Brentwood Lodge to Cliff Lodge and therefore important for wildlife.

“Destruction of this ancient meadow would be undesirable and detrimental to the town and district,” it adds.

However, planners recommend the application should be approved.

A report to go before the planning committee of Richmondshire District Council on Tuesday states that the scale and nature of development that is proposed accords with the spatial principles and core policies of the Local Plan Core Strategy for Lower Wensleydale and Leyburn.

The report states that the scheme will provided much-needed affordable housing.

It adds: “The suitability and safety of local roads to serve the proposed development has been referred to extensively in objections and representations received from local residents and the Town Council, but the Highway Authority are satisfied on these matters on the basis that a contribution of up to £15,000 will be made towards necessary highway works between the site and the A684.

“In the light of this and in the absence of any practical or deliverable alternative access arrangements for this development or objections to the proposal from the Highway Authority, there is no justification to reject the proposal on access or highway safety grounds.”